Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Season's Greetings by Annie Lee-Zimerle

Welcome the New Program Coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts

Annie Lee-Zimerle

With the retirement of Rebecca Goodale, the Center for Book Arts and the USM Art Department are pleased to introduce Rebecca’s successor at the helm of the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.  Aemin (Annie) Lee- Zimerle became the new Program Coordinator for the Center for Book Arts in September 2020.  Annie is also the Art Department’s newest Assistant Professor of Art.

Rebecca Goodale is a tireless advocate for Book Arts, inspiring students with her boundless enthusiasm.  Rebecca's vision created the annual Book Arts Bazaar, the summer Book Arts Workshop, and an undergraduate Book Arts Minor.  From the launch of the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts in 2008, Rebeca has grown the center into a rich and vibrant organization offering exciting programing to the Book Arts community.  As Rebecca Goodale retires, we look forward to the next chapter in Books Arts at USM.  We feel confident that Annie Lee-Zimerle will continue to inspire students with a love for Artist's Books, and grow the Center for Books Arts into an Internationally recognized program.

Annie Lee-Zimerle is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in printmaking, painting and drawing. Her work is often narrative based and a reflection of her thoughts on domesticity and the mundaneness of culture. Her research results in prints, book arts, and paintings that explore the act of moving from one culture or language to another, cast against a corresponding, more inexorable move from childhood to adulthood. 

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums and galleries and is in numerous private and public collections, including the Dayton Metro Library in Dayton, Ohio, Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago and the Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection in Chicago, IL.

Annie Lee-Zimerle has held solo exhibitions at Springfield Museum of Art, Kent State University, and Paper Circle Southeast Ohio’s Center for Paper and Book Arts, to name a few. She recently was an artist in residence at Cleveland Institute of Art and at the Studios at MASS MoCA. She has also been featured on The Art Show on PBS. 

Artist's Book, "Drees Me", by Annie Lee-Zimerle

Artist's Book, Dress Me, 4 1/2"x7" (closed), screenprint and letterpress on paper, bookcloth and board, by Annie Lee-Zimerle


Image Above: Seasons Greetings, 9 1/2"X28 1/2" (open), reduction relief on paper, by Annie Lee-Zimerle